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Born: 1978-08-23
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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L.A. is a vortex. The weather there tricks you into thinking you're on vacation, even when you're working fourteen hours a day.

Tags: Thinking, Weather, Working

L.A.'s kind of, like, seven really cool towns. It's so laid-back. If you go in the right spot, you can walk around, and you don't need a car.

Tags: Car, Cool, Walk

Making an album can be like being pregnant: you want to pop that thing out and show everybody!

Tags: Everybody, Making, Show

My parents separated when I was eight. I grew up with my mom alone.

Tags: Alone, Mom, Parents

New York is in my soul.

Tags: Soul, York

No matter who I'm talking to, I always talk like I'm doing an interview.

Tags: Matter, Talk, Talking

No one leaves an old friend unless they are ashamed.

Tags: Friend, Old, Unless

People are always arguing: New York or L.A.? They're both great places, you know.

Tags: Arguing, Both, Great

Sometimes I've sat outside, not to tan, but as a result of that I ended up tanning slightly.

Tags: Outside, Result, Sometimes

That it's a lot harder to make a keyboard sound not-cheesy than a guitar.

Tags: Guitar, Harder, Sound

The Strokes can play anything. They could play 'Thriller,' and it would just sound like 'Thriller' as played by the Strokes.

Tags: Played, Sound, Thriller

The thing for me is I never had this burning desire to do a solo record my whole life.

Tags: Desire, Life, Whole

There are so many little places I want to play, sometimes weird places I think would be fun to play... a bar that's half full.

Tags: Fun, Sometimes, Weird

Who you are vs. who you wish you were: Who wins?

Tags: Wins, Wish

Working on music is the funnest thing for me, and I love it, and I could do it all day, all night.

Tags: Love, Music, Night

You know some of the people in The Strokes, yeah, their parents had success - but we didn't live like yuppies.

Tags: Parents, Success, Yeah

I have to say, I'm good with gifts. If I find something perfect for a certain person, I'll just get it and put it away in a kind of nook under my bed - a little gift hutch, if you prefer.

Tags: Good, Perfect, Put

I see myself out of my own eyes, which means I have no idea what's going on the other way around. I just think I try to be a good person - and I fail.

Tags: Eyes, Good, Try

I think all of Manhattan has pretty much become a bar-slash-nightclub-slash-restaurant. There were always pockets of that. But now every corner of Manhattan is that.

Tags: Become, Corner, Pretty

I very often have night terrors. Just think of the worst possible situation, and it's a regular thing for me. I've died in my sleep twenty-three different ways.

Tags: Night, Often, Sleep

I would prefer it if people thought that I didn't work hard, that I just played the guitar for three minutes a week and was like, 'Check out this song - what do you think?' That would be ideal. I would prefer telling people that I'm just truly talented.

Tags: Hard, Thought, Work

I'm always writing something. I've got so much stuff, I don't know what to do with it. Some of it will be Strokes, some of it will be I don't know what - stuff for pop singers. TV themes. I've got a jar stuffed with songs, all these ideas that are just me humming into a recording device.

Tags: Ideas, Stuff, Writing

If the choice is between doing something supercool and having no one hear it and doing something equally cool and tricking people into putting it on the radio, I don't think the second option is some big sellout.

Tags: Between, Big, Cool

If you're in a bar and a certain song comes on and the vibe is just different, it evokes the kinds of things that you want to feel, and if music can do that it's a very special thing.

Tags: Music, Song, Special

In most cultures, you can have a kid at 18 and it's not a big thing. It's not like, 'Oh, you've got to get a different haircut and move to the suburbs and act, like, 35.'

Tags: Act, Big, Move

One of the big songwriting things for me has always been: always think what you do sucks. Because the second you stop believing that, you suck. And that's a fact.

Tags: Big, Fact, Stop
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The artistic element of Manhattan has kind of moved to Brooklyn. Has it changed it? Yeah. Has it ruined it? I would say no. It is what it is. I say better that than an urban war zone.

Tags: Changed, Moved, War

When the Strokes first started playing gigs, instead of getting into a costume for the shows, we talked about how we should dress every day, in real life, like we're playing onstage. I don't really care about clothes, but it's about wearing something that gives you social confidence. Or maybe helps you pick up chicks.

Tags: Care, Confidence, Life

When you first start writing a song, it's fun, then when you start recording it, it's fun, but by the time you've finished recording it, you're sick of it.

Tags: Fun, Time, Writing

Greed is the inventor of injustice as well as the current enforcer.

Tags: Current, Greed, Injustice

Desire is individual. Happiness is common.

Tags: Desire, Happiness, Individual

Can our mind evolve to be something other than an extension of our animal needs?

Tags: Animal, Mind, Needs

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.

Tags: Common, Sense, Wisdom

If it doesn't start with you, it dies with you.

Tags: Dies, Start

The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected.

Tags: Best, Often, Simple

With a hundred ways to do a dozen things, why not try it all?

Tags: Try, Ways, Why

Religion is never the problem; it's the people who use it to gain power.

Tags: Power, Problem, Religion

I over-think stuff a lot.

Tags: Stuff

A tour is the most intense, stimulating way to hear music; it's the best form to receive it. There's genuine excitement from people. I feel like we've stepped up a level.

Tags: Best, Excitement, Music

Birth is a beautiful thing.

Tags: Beautiful, Birth

Boarding school didn't feel like my world, I felt like an alien; people there had a lot of money.

Tags: Felt, Money, School

But it can be hard to experiment when you're in a band.

Tags: Band, Experiment, Hard

Compared to people in Africa, I think we've all had privileged upbringings.

Tags: Africa, Compared, Privileged

I always reference 'Mad Max' when I think about what I want to wear. But it's a fine line between that and 'Edward Scissorhands'.

Tags: Between, Line, Mad

I always want to make Strokes records and play Strokes shows.

Tags: Records, Shows, Strokes

I am a fan of 'SNL' and a big Jimmy Fallon fan, too.

Tags: Big, Fan, Snl

I don't really care about clothes, but it's about wearing something that gives you social confidence.

Tags: Care, Confidence, Social

I enjoy songwriting. It's slow-motion improvising.

Tags: Enjoy

I mean, I guess you could say I'm a bit of a perfectionist.

Tags: Bit, Guess, Mean

I think a lot of people study the rules too much and then don't know how to be creative.

Tags: Creative, Rules, Study

I think I used to do everything and then people had a problem with that within the band, so we're doing more of a communal thing.

Tags: Problem, Used, Within

I'm not a pop song lyric writer. I can't just focus on one simple meaning or even a double entendre.

Tags: Focus, Simple, Song

It find it funny how people from Boston and New York hate each other because of pro teams.

Tags: Funny, Hate, York

It's not like I wake up and songs flow out of me.

Tags: Flow, Songs, Wake